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THORNDON WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Stuart Kidson 2007

This listing has been taken from a series of documents and is not beleived to be 100% correct. There is a memorial in the grounds of All Saints Church, Thorndon and takes the form of an oak lych gate. The memorial was unveiled 26 February 1922 by Colonel Lord Henniker. The memorial cost £172 to install. Details appeared in the EAST ANGLIAN DAILY TIMES, 28 February 1922. The detail drawn here comes from two different sources both transcribing the same memorial. Source one has items not in source two, these are marked *. Source 2 has items that are not in source 1 these are marked †. There are 18 names for World War 1 and 2 for World War 2. The name transcription should mean that two of these men are actually from World War 2 not World War 1, one has been identified.

OUR GLORIOUS DEAD 1914-1918

ADAMS

F S

No further information currently available.

BUCK

William Edward

Private 10185, 2nd Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died of wounds 21 July 1916. Born Fakenham, Norfolk, enlisted Norwich, resident Thorndon. Brother of Mr. A. Buck, of Gladstone Cottages, Heacham, Norfolk

BURNETT

Frederick George

Gunner 890462, "A" Battery, 270th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died in Palestine 19 April 1918. Aged 29. Born Eye, enlisted Hertford. Only son of Daniel and Eliza Burnett, of Thorndon, Eye, Suffolk. Buried in RAMLEH WAR CEMETERY, Israel (Palestine). Plot/Row/Section X. Grave 6.

CANHAM

William

Private 40547, 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 27 April 1917. Born Thorndon, enlisted Eye. Formerly 4333, Suffolk Regiment. No known grave. Commmeorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 37 and 38.

CHALLIS

Reginald David

Private 6740, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 9 April 1915. Aged 30. Born Bardwell, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Son of John and Alice E. Challis, of Thorndon, Eye, Suffolk. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 21.

COCK *

J

No further information currently available.

COCK *

J S

No further information currently available.

CRACKNELL

Herbert John [Benjamin]

Private 44801, 7th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 23 March 1918. Aged 19. Born and resident Thorndon, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Son of Mrs. Mary Cracknell, of The Post Office, Thorndon, Eye, Suffolk. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 3 and 4.

GARRARD

A

No further information currently available.

HAMMOND

Albert Edward

Private 15261, 2nd Battalion,l Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 23 February 1915. Aged 22. Born Wetheringsett, Suffolk, enlisted Ipswich. Son of the late Syer & Annie Hammond, Buckshall Cottage, Thorndon. No known grave. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 21

HAMMOND

Nathan Alfred

Private 3617, 1st/4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 21 June 1916. Aged 19. Enlisted Ipswich. Son of the late Syer & Annie Hammond, Buckshall Cottage, Thorndon. Buried in Bethune Town Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot V. Row E. Grave 56.

HAMMOND

Reginakd Frederick

[Thorndon was misspelt as Thornden on SDGW] Private G/13255, 11th Battalion, Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Died of wounds on 06/10/1916. Age 20. Born and resident Thorndon, enlisted Bury St. Edmunds. Son of Robert Henry and Maud Mary Hammond, of Red House, Thorndon. Buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XVI. Row D. Grave 8A.

JOHNSON †

C

No further information currently available.

KERRY

E J

No further information currently available.

KERRY

H S

No further information currently available.

LEWIS

Phiip Dockrell

Rifleman 5270(6), 2nd Battalion, Rifle Brigade. Killed in action 14 March 1915. Born Harwich, Essex, enlisted Bury St Edmunds, resident Thorndon.

LOCK †

J

No further information currently available.

LOCK †

Joseph Sidney

Private 43888, 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 27 September 1916. Aged 27. Born Thorndon, enlisted Eye. Son of the late Joseph and Esther Lock; husband of Annie Maria Keeble (formerly Lock), of Low Barn, Wetheringsett, Stowmarket. Formerly 4389, Suffolk Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.

LOCKWOOD

Aubrey Walter

[Listed a A M LOCKWOOD on CWGC and also A J LOCKWOOD elsewhere] Rifleman B/3307, 9th Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort’s Own). Killed in action 9 August 1915. Aged 22. Born Thorndon, enlisted Norwich, resident Charlbury, Oxfordshire. Son of Malta William and Florence Lockwood, of Crabro Villas, Charlbury, Oxon. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 46 - 48 and 50.

MILLETT

W E

No further information currently available.

NOLLER

Walter Augustus

Private 18479, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 9 August 1916. Aged 22. Enlisted Eye. Brother of Mr. C. E. Noller, of The Street, Thorndon, Eye, Suffolk. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.

STONE

Horace Last

Private 27362, 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 30 November 1917. Aged 20. Born Thorndon, enlisted Wroxham, Norfolk. Son of Emma M. Issacs, of 4, Olive Grove, Trinity Place, Ramsgate.

THEOBALD

Arthur J

Private 6096, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 27 January 1916. Born Thorndon, enlisted York. Son of William and Mary Theobald, of Thorndon Eye, Suffolk; brother of Charles Edward Theobold (listed below). Buried in SPOILBANK CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row B. Grave 24.

THEOBALD

Charles Edward

Private L/6147, 1st Battalion, Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Killed in action 3 October 1914. Born Thursdon (sic), enlisted Lindon, resident Whitney, Oxford. Son of William and Mary Theobald, of Thorndon Eye, Suffolk; husband of Gertrude Emma Pugh (formerly Theobald), of Cilsant House, Goat St., Haverford West, Pembrokeshire; brotjrt of Arthur J Theobald (listed above). Served in the South African Campaign. Buried in VENDRESSE BRITISH CEMETERY, Aisne, France. Verneuil Churchyard Memorial 1.

Note: The neighbourhood of Vendresse-Et-Troyon was the scene of repeated and severe fighting in which British troops took part in 1914 and 1918. Vendresse British Cemetery was made after the Armistice by the concentration of graves from other cemeteries and from the battlefields. There are now over 700, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, over half are unidentified and almost all of whom fell in 1914 or 1918. Special memorials are erected to three soldiers, known or believed to be buried here in unnamed graves; and other special memorials record the names of 50 United Kingdom soldiers buried in other cemeteries whose graves were destroyed by shell fire. In 37 instances, graves identified collectively but not individually are marked by headstones superscribed: "Buried near this spot". The British Cemetery covers an area of 2,188 square metres and is enclosed (except on the roadside) by a low stone rubble wall. Of these VERNEUIL CHURCHYARD, MARNE, is the place where one British soldier was buried in October, 1914, namely Charles Theobald.

TURNER

Aubrey Ernest

Lance Corproal 9994, 2nd Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 2 May 1915. Aged 21. Born Dartford, Kent, enlisted Norwich, resident Thorndon. Son of Theodore F. & Alice M. Turner, of 20, Abbey Road, West Ham, London.

WELLS

Cecil John

Private 16869, 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 13 October 1915. Born Thorndon, enlisted Norwich.

WELLS

William

Gunner 19895, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action 20 June 1917. Born Thorndon, enlisted Bury St Edmunds, resident Rickinghall. Note: This casualty does not appear on the Commonwealth War Grave Commission records and we have been unable to locate his last known resting place.

OUR GLORIOUS DEAD 1939-1945

SURNAME

Forename

No further information currently available

RIBBONS

Leonard Norman

Signalman 2361578, H.Q. Malaya Command Signals, Royal Corps of Signals. Died 12 September 1944. Aged 26. Son of Charles and Alice Ribbons; husband of Doris Edith Ribbons, of Great Warley, Essex. No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 45.

Last updated 29 March, 2016

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